Tiki boat tours com­ing to Detroit River

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The folks who brought ped­alling pubs to the streets of Detroit are ex­pand­ing to the wa­ter­ways. Aloha Tiki Tours will begin of­fer­ing tiki boat tours on the Detroit River in May.

The com­pany, which also owns the rolling bars that are ped­alled by cus­tomers, will of­fer two-hour boat rides in St. Clair Shores. Like the ped­alling pubs, boat pas­sen­gers will sup­ply their own al­co­hol. Un­like the pubs, the sea­far­ing crowd won’t have to sup­ply the horse­power.

Rides will cost $300 from Fri­day through Sun­day and $250 the rest of the week. Each ves­sel can hold six pas­sen­gers.

They will run from May 25 through Sept. 30. Four boats will launch from Sin­bads Ma­rina on the Detroit River and two from Blos­som Health Ma­rina in St. Clair Shores.

The tours pro­vide bar stools, a cooler and blender. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.alo­hatik­i­tours. com.

A Win­ter­li­cious culi­nary event — an af­ter­noon tea — will be fea­tured at Casa Loma in Toronto four times be­tween Jan. 26 and Feb. 3. Ex­pe­ri­ence the el­e­gance of the Ed­war­dian era with a tra­di­tional af­ter­noon tea at Toronto’s iconic cas­tle, Casa Loma. Sam­ple a se­lec­tion of teas, scones, crois­santa, pas­tries, straw­ber­ries and cream, crum­pets and tea sand­wiches.

Also in con­junc­tion with Win­ter­li­cious, a unique night of fash­ion and Ja­panese food will be fea­tured Jan. 29 at Kasa Moto in Toronto. Guests will browse a spring/sum­mer 2019 col­lec­tion by Uniqio while in­dulging on canapes and a four-course Ja­panese-fu­sion meal.

The Chatham-Kent branch of the Canada South Blues So­ci­ety has sched­uled a show for Jan. 25 at the KBD Hall in Chatham fea­tur­ing Larry McCray. Tick­ets are $25.

Broth­ers Gibb and The Bee Gees will be fea­tured in a May 24 con­cert at the Chatham Capi­tol The­atre. Sit­ting in your seat may not be an op­tion for long be­cause you will want to sing and dance along to the tunes. Tick­ets are $43.

Join the Canada to Ari­zona email list to re­ceive in-depth in­for­ma­tion and spe­cial of­fers ex­clu­sively for Cana­di­ans who love Ari­zona. More than 25,000 Cana­di­ans have already signed up at Canada­toAri­zona.com.

Neil Si­mon’s Bare­foot in the Park will be fea­tured three times be­tween Feb. 7-9 at the Chatham Cul­tural Cen­tre on Wil­liam Street. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7, 8 and 9.

The down­town Brace­bridge skat­ing trail at Me­mo­rial Park Winter Vil­lage is up and run­ning for an­other sea­son so pack your skates and hel­met and head down­town for a great skate. Af­ter­wards warm up with hot choco­late from the Camp Muskoka Cof­fee House or the Pasta Shoppe Bak­ery and Fine Foods,

Find Your Wild is of­fer­ing to take you on an un­for­get­table snow­shoe sa­fari into the heart of Muskoka’s win­try wilder­ness. Re­serve a full or half day trip for four or more of your ad­ven­ture seeking friends and see winter at its ab­so­lute finest. All snow­shoe sa­faris come with snow­shoe rentals, poles and an ex­pe­ri­enced guide to show you the best places to trek.

All roads lead to Chatham Jan. 23 and 24 for the sixth an­nual Chatham-Kent Farm Show at the John Bradley Chatham-Kent Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. The farm show is one of On­tario’s largest in­door farm­ing events. More than 130 lo­cal ex­hibit­ing com­pa­nies show­case the lat­est in farm equip­ment, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and tech­nol­ogy on 35,000 square feet of show space.

Free sem­i­nars fo­cus on a va­ri­ety of top­ics im­por­tant to the re­gion’s farm­ers, hob­by­ists and agribusi­ness pro­fes­sion­als. The show strives to ed­u­cate farm­ers and ru­ral res­i­dents from across the re­gion with the lat­est cut­ting edge agri­cul­tural prod­ucts, equip­ment, tech­nol­ogy and ser­vices all un­der one roof.

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The Thames River — its present and fu­ture — will be the topic of dis­cus­sion at a Jan. 22 sem­i­nar at 3 p.m. at the London Pub­lic Li­brary. It’s one of a six-part se­ries of il­lus­trated talks on na­ture in and around London. The event is free to the pub­lic.

The 10th an­nual Fire and Ice Fes­ti­val in Al­ton Hills is slated for Jan. 20 and 21. The all-ages com­mu­nity fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing out­door winter fun in­cludes an af­ter­dusk fire sculp­ture by lo­cal artist Brian Oates, millpond skat­ing and curl­ing, maple syrup and other tasty treats, a su­per snow slide, bon­fires, in­door sto­ry­telling and in­door art ac­tiv­i­ties. Bring your cam­era for the Fire and Ice photo con­test and sign up to play hockey on an out­door rink.

An Egg-stra Spe­cial Easter ven­dor and craft show will take place April 13 and 14 at the Health­plex on Grand Av­enue West in Chatham.

Surfin Sa­fari: The Ul­ti­mate Beach Party Show, will be fea­tured Aug. 17 at the Chatham Capi­tol The­atre. The event cel­e­brates the mu­sic of Jimmy Buf­fet, Frankie Avalon, Jan and Dean, The Ven­tures and of course The Beach Boys.

The Orig­i­nal Ice Wine Fes­ti­val at Ni­a­gara-on-the-Lake is slated for Jan. 18. A Sparkle and Ice Gala will fea­ture the best in mu­sic, icewine and food. An Icewine Vil­lage will be open to the pub­lic Jan. 19 and 20 and an Ice on White din­ner is planned for Jan. 25.

On­tario is home to 35 of­fi­cial snow­mo­bile tours and one of its crown jewels is the R.A.P. Tour (or Round Al­go­nquin Park) which spans three dif­fer­ent areas — east­ern and north­ern On­tario and Muskoka. R.A.P. runs in a mas­sive loop around Al­go­nquin Provin­cial Park and at 700 km is one of the big­ger tours. It takes five to seven days for a leisure rider to cover the loop.

Wolf Performance Hall in London will host Song­bird North: Cel­e­brat­ing Canada’s Mu­sic Cre­ators on Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. It’s de­scribed as an in­ti­mate, in­ter­ac­tive and di­verse mu­si­cal show­case. The show will fea­ture emerg­ing London artists that are mak­ing waves through­out the mu­sic com­mu­nity along­side in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized and award-win­ning artists from across Canada.

Va­ca­tion­ist USA is of­fer­ing the pub­lic a chance to es­cape the snow by en­ter­ing to win a get­away to the Grand Canyon State in­clud­ing a two-night stay in a Hilton Ho­tel in the Phoenix area and a hot air bal­loon ride for two. Visit Va­ca­tion­istUSA.com. for de­tails.

Michelle Obama will be in Toronto May 4 at 8 p.m. as part of her na­tion-wide tour to pro­mote her new book “Be­com­ing” — her first mem­oir.

Ring in the Chi­nese New Year at the Royal On­tario Mu­seum with an orig­i­nal ex­hi­bi­tion of rare an­ces­tral por­traits and pop­u­lar prints. Open­ing Jan. 26 to co­in­cide with the widely cel­e­brated hol­i­day, God In My Home ex­plores the con­nec­tions be­tween the do­mes­tic, ma­te­rial and spir­i­tual life of Chi­nese so­ci­ety. Many of the unique pieces in the ex­hi­bi­tion came to the ROM early in the 20th cen­tury and have never been on pub­lic dis­play un­til now. The ex­hi­bi­tion com­prises over 100 ob­jects span­ning the late Im­pe­rial pe­riod to the early 20th cen­tury Repub­lic era.

Chatham-area res­i­dent Scott Primeau is hosting an un­usual birth­day party Satur­day evening at the Jazzbah at 270 King St. in down­town Chatham. Its pur­pose is to help all Jan­uary ba­bies who get over­looked bec­vause of Christ­mas cel­e­brate their birth­days. Mu­sic will be pro­vided by the Blu­to­nium. The party gets un­der­way at 9 p.m.


New for 2019, Aloha Tiki Tours will be of­fer­ing two-hour tiki boat tours on the Detroit River be­gin­ning May 25 and con­tin­u­ing to Sept. 30. Boat pas­sen­gers will sup­ply their own al­co­hol. Photo cour­tesy Aloha Tiki Tours

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